Thousands of people in Northern Ireland have already left the city as the number of coronavirus cases is at its highest in almost a decade.
But thousands more people are expected to stay home for the first week of the pandemic, which has killed more than 4,300 people.
Northern Ireland has already seen record numbers of cases, and some people have left the county because of fear of contracting COVID.
Some people have been taking long-term care leave, with some people taking three months or more to get back to work.
Some of those who are still staying are worried about whether they can return to work or whether they will have to wait longer.
They say they will get more and more sick and if the pandemics is continuing they will not be able to work because of COVID – and that’s a real concern.
The number of cases in Northern Irish hospitals is also rising sharply, with a record number of patients admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.
There are also reports of a surge in new cases in the county, with people in the capital, Dublin, already reporting a spike in COVID infections.
And the Northern Ireland Office for Health and Social Care (NICE) has warned that COVID is becoming increasingly contagious in hospitals across the region.
The COVID outbreak is spreading to the UK as well, with many hospitals reporting cases in London and the south east.
The UK is also experiencing a surge of COLLIPSE cases in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, which are now receiving a record amount of cases.
Northern Irish officials say there has been an increase in cases in England, Scotland and Wales since the beginning of the epidemic.
And a report released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIRR) on Tuesday says there is a 50% chance that the UK will have at least 100 new cases of coronvirus this week.
The study said that COV-19 has reached “epidemic levels” in England and Wales, where it is now believed that more than 30% of the country’s healthcare workers have been infected.
The figure is the highest since it began recording the figures in 2006.
But it is also the highest recorded for Northern Ireland in years.
More than 1,400 people have died from the disease in the UK, and there are still 4,700 people in hospital, with 2,300 still in intensive care.
Many of the patients have died while in intensive treatment.